Wheels For The World

First a Wheelchair from You... Now She’s Sharing the Gospel!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 24, 2015
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Ionila receiving her wheelchair from Wheels for the WorldHave you ever wondered, “How does a wheelchair really make a difference?” or “How can God use a wheelchair to advance His Kingdom?” Meet Ionila from Romania, and you’ll see how!
1. A Wheelchair, Provided by You
Ionila lives in an orphanage in Romania. For this young girl, the future held little hope… until she was taken to a Wheels for the World outreach where she received her very own wheelchair and a Gospel bracelet! “I feel like God’s princess on a throne!” Ionila told us.
2. You Opened the Door to God’s Word
Shortly after she received her new wheelchair, Ionila was able to attend a Joni and Friends International Family Retreat. There, she experienced God’s love from our Short Term Missionaries (STMs) who went to serve the families during the week. Best of all, Ionila learned more about Jesus, finding spiritual refreshment during morning devotions, moments of fellowship, worship and ...

Wheels for the World in Cuba

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 17, 2015
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Doors for the Gospel are opening up in Cuba as never before. This brief video of our recent Wheels for the World distribution in Cuba was broadcast on Cuban National Television – they even mentioned that Joni and Friends is a Christian ministry. I'm so grateful to God that we can not only deliver wheelchairs in Cuba, but distribute Bibles and introduce special-needs families to Jesus Christ! Even if you don't know...

Thank you for Giving the Greatest Gift... God's Word!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 11, 2015
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Father and son reading their new Bible togetherWhat is the most precious gift you own? For 10-year-old Julius and his father living in Uganda, their gift is one that may surprise you… Born with spina bifida, life with disability was a struggle each day for Julius and his family, and their need for a wheelchair was great. Father and son arrived early in the morning at the Wheels for the World distribution site and waited patiently all day, without one complaint, for a wheelchair. Soon Julius was carefully fitted into his first wheelchair. But the greatest gift Julius received that day was his very own Bible… in his native language! When his father learned he would receive a Bible for his family, he was overwhelmed with joy — almost the same or more than his joy over the wheelchair! “Whenever I saved money to buy a Bible, a medical emergency would come up with Julius and I’d have to use all the money I had saved for the Bible.” When you give the gift of a wheel­chair to a little child like Julius, it opens his future and allows him to receive God’s Word. In Julius’ story, God used...

Making a Difference: Greater Philadelphia

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • June 5, 2015
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Volunteers collecting wheelchairs for Wheels for the WorldDo you know what happens to a wheelchair after it’s donated to our Wheels for the World ministry? You make ministry happen at Joni and Friends Area Ministries, located throughout the United States. Recently, in the Greater Philadelphia area, a group of volunteers emptied two storage units and filled a sixty-three foot tractor-trailer with wheelchairs and walkers! With help from the Eastern Pennsylvania Area Office, 300 wheelchairs will go to Cheshire Correctional Institution to be refurbished. Once finished, they will be shipped to Romania and El Salvador...

A Birthday Present From Jesus... Wrapped in Your Prayer!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 26, 2015
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Pablo receiving his gift of a pediatric wheelchairPablo and his parents, Luis and Jalina, live in Cuba. His disability has threatened his life several times, and it’s a miracle he’s even alive. Then something special happened on the day of his 10th birthday. Your prayers opened the windows of heaven with a gift only God could give! Pablo’s parents are strong Christians and have relied upon Christ for strength, faith and patience through­out Pablo’s life. His disability has been a great test, though they trust God and know He is in control. Yet, even with great faith, Pablo’s dad Luis admitted, “We never prayed for a wheelchair for Pablo because we didn’t believe it was possible!” Because God works through the power of your prayer, Pablo received the greatest birthday gift ever, straight from his Heavenly Father: A beautiful wheelchair, cus­tom-fit – perfect for his needs, safe and comfortable. “This wheelchair you have given us is a demonstration of God’s love and mercy – and the love and mercy of every person who had a part in sending it!” said Luis. “Through this gift you have given in...

Through Your Prayers, Lives Are Being Changed All Over the World!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 22, 2015
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Aldea in her new pediatric wheelchairYour prayers truly are powerful and effective! Just ask a mother like Sylvia who lives in Romania. Her little girl, Aldea, was born with a disability, in a country where help is not readily available. Here’s Sylvia’s story, but it’s really your story too … because it began with your powerful and effective prayer! “Joni and Friends is coming!” Among mothers of children with disabilities, word spread like wildfire in the small village where Sylvia and Aldea live. Wheelchairs for our children! The news was almost too good to be true. “I always hoped to find a wheelchair somewhere, somehow – but they are very expensive and we could never afford one,” explained Sylvia. “For years we have carried Aldea, but now that she’s 5 years old, that’s impossible.” Because she has never had the right seat, she can’t sit up for more than 10 minutes at a time. So even though she is bright and curious, Aldea has spent most of her time in bed. Your prayers sent exactly the right wheelchair for Aldea! Joni and Friends’ Wheels for the World ...

You Send So Much More Than a Wheelchair

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 14, 2015
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Obed hearing the Gospel from Wheels for the World team memberWhen you send a Bible and a wheelchair overseas to a child with a disability, the spiritual impact is life-changing for every member of the family! Recently, Obed brought his little son Johnson to receive a wheelchair from Wheels for the World. “I need God’s help to be the right kind of father to my family,” he shared with our team members. “My cul­ture says my son is worthless. I need a new kind of wisdom. The Bible that you gave was opened to 2 Corinthians 5:17: ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’” Obed received the word of God hungrily and a Gos­pel bracelet helped to make the steps to salvation clear. With tiny Johnson looking on from his new wheelchair, Obed eagerly prayed to receive...

God Uses Your Faith to Change Lives

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • May 5, 2015
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boy receiving pediatric wheelchair in ugandaEvery time you send out the Gospel, your faithful­ness is used by God to transform lives. Macline is a woman in Uganda who had heard about Jesus, but didn’t know Jesus. She’s also the mother of 7-year-old Dorothy, who is disabled. “People in my village laugh at Dorothy,” she told us. “They don’t want to be near us or accept us.” Macline experienced just the opposite at a Wheels for the World outreach! Dorothy was shown love and tender care as a brand-new pediatric wheelchair was carefully fitted for her. How did Macline respond? “Through the love you have shown us and what God has done for...

Thank You for Giving Children a Life-Changing Gift

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 12, 2015
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Alejandro and his parentsWhen Alejandro was born with a disability, his parents fell to their knees in despair. In their country of Cuba, poverty presses down hard and medical help is scarce. Wheelchairs for a child like Alejandro are rare – scarcely available and impossible to afford...

With God, All Things are Possible!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 5, 2015
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Cusmaylin in a new wheelchairCusmaylin is four years old. Unable to walk and blind since birth, she lays on the floor while her mother Sylvia works. There is a school nearby, but without mobility there is no hope Cusmaylin can attend. “I read in the Bible that God can do anything,” Sylvia said, “But here in my country, a wheelchair is only for the rich. Even God can’t change that.” Sylvia prayed for help, but her circumstances seemed impossible and her hope grew dimmer and dimmer with each passing day. “What is impossible with man is possible with God,” says Luke 18:27. And when you pray – God moves! Recently this truth came alive through Wheels for the World when the miracle of a wheelchair was rolled out for Cusmaylin. It was a brand-new, spiffy red and white Regency Pediatric Wheelchair with all the bells and whistles, including an attachable desk just...

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